Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize

2 Oct 2020 – 1 Mar 2021

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The UK's most prestigious exhibition for drawing, the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, is now on tour!


The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 exhibition will go on a national tour, opening in Trowbridge in October 2020, then coming to Dundee in November, London in January 2021 and Bournemouth in February 2021. All shortlisted works will be available to see in the following venues:

•    Drawing Projects UK, Trowbridge, from 2 October to 31 October 2020

•    Cooper Gallery, Dundee, from 13 November to 19 December 2020

•    Trinity Buoy Wharf, London, from 9 January to 22 January 2021

•    TheGallery at Arts University Bournemouth, dates TBC

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize has an established reputation as the UK’s most important annual exhibition of drawing. Led since its creation by Professor Anita Taylor, the Prize is known for its role in celebrating excellence in contemporary drawing and championing the art form’s role as a vital means of communication and expression. 2020 will be the 25th consecutive annual exhibition since the Prize was launched in 1994.

The Drawing Prize received a record-breaking number of entries in 2020. The volume and quality of artworks sent in by creatives from 42 countries around the world made the selection more challenging than ever for this year’s judging panel, Ian McKeever RA, artist, Frances Morris, Director of Tate Modern, and Sophia Hao, Head Curator of Cooper Gallery. The Working Drawing Award was selected by Sir Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum, Piers Gough RA, Architect, and Sophie McKinlay, Director of Programme at V&A Dundee.

Out of 4,274 entries, 71 works by 56 artists were selected – making the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 an exhibition of the very best in drawing practice undertaken today. The exhibition includes drawings by artists, designers and makers at all stages of their careers - from students to established artists - located across the UK, as well as in France, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands and Turkey. The selected works create a diverse exhibition that reflects a broad scope of contemporary drawing practice.

The 2020 exhibition brings us stories of navigating love in the age of the Coronavirus, going through the process of grief, existing as out and proud gay couples, as well as the intimacy and hardship of working as a carer.

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